Congressman Bill Foster recently visited the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce for a legislative roundtable. Foster spoke to members of the chamber about pending bills in Congress as well as his personal goals going into the next session.
Two of the biggest topics were immigration reform and education, mainly the ratings of schools and teachers.
"The mixture of carrot and stick, you need to incent good performance is a continual mystery," said Foster. "It's like the paradox you see in designing welfare programs to encourage work. If you're too generous with nonperformers you're encouraging that."
Attendees also got the opportunity to ask the congressman questions about their own businesses.
The meeting comes on the heels of a recent article Chamber President and CEO Mike Evans wrote urging residents to speak with legislators while they are home on summer recess.
"It's hard to get to D.C.," said Evans. "Our congressional leaders are busy, it's a very complicated schedule. There are a lot of major issues we are dealing with. Some of these bills are 800, 1,200, even 2,000 pages long. It's important to be able to take time to invest in that."
Congress returns to Washington D.C. from their August recess on September 9.